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“Laid Back Auberge near the Dunes” 4 of 5 stars
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Auberge Amazir
Moh Ait Bahadou BP 9, Merzouga 52202, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #31 of 57 Merzouga B&B and Inns
Washington DC
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8 hotel reviews
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“Laid Back Auberge near the Dunes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This locally owned guest house has great bones but falls way short of the rosy reviews given in Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor. Auberge Amazir consists of a Kasbah style house with large rooms and dining areas that have been left to deteriorate – in our first room the air conditioning didn’t work and in the second the door handle kept falling off. The ideal location with views of the dunes just out the backdoor has been marred by neighboring tents and a pool construction project in back of the guesthouse, started in January 2013.

Just after the Easter break, we were the only guests in this 18 room guest house that feels like it was designed for tour groups – large dining spaces and outdoor tables. The upstairs terrace with views of the dunes is mostly bare with only two tables with broken down chairs. Still, it’s a lovely spot to dine on warm evenings. The food is good, not great, but about right for the price of the accommodations. Wine and beer can be obtained by previous arrangement. We especially enjoyed the salad plate that included a variety of vegetables. Wifi access is a couple of houses down at his brother’s house.

The owner is very friendly and eager to please but just a bit forgetful and disorganized. His pricing was more than reasonable -600 dirham for room and ½ board for a couple sharing a room, 400 dirham per person for the camel ride and the night in the desert including dinner and breakfast, 100 for extra lunches (served two) and 150 dirham for a bottle of red wine. If you are looking for a laid back atmosphere and aren’t too worried about things working exactly right this may be just the place for you.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms of the main house have easy access to the terrace.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Peterborough ON
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Great value in Morocco. It was 30 euro a night with 2 big meals, great food. The staff was friendly, worldly, spoke several languages and really went the extra mile, great hospitality. The view of the dunes was amazing. It was easy to organize a sunrise cameal trek within a few hours for 15 euro. The owner sat with us for tea and is a very informed person who told us a lot about Morocco. He is working on a pool that is coming this spring.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merida, Mexico
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16 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The hotel is a great deal for the money, 600 Dirhams for 2 people including standard Moroccan breakfast, dinner; bottled water and mint tea. The staff are extremely helpful, especially my man Moha, and can organize any type of excursions for very reasonable prices. The best part however was the camel trip (800 Dir for 2) into the dunes and the nights in a Berber tent at Mustafas at Merzouga Oasis. I was worried that there would be a lot of people and noisy but it was PERFECT. The food was delicious, the tent was very comfortable, the music was hypnotic, our host Mustafa was so generous, there was just two other travellers there so quiet and very chill. Come to Amazir, talk to Moha and plan your desert excursions from there, no need for overpriced, crowded tours with Amazir at your hands.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I have travelled a lot and i really do not like write such reviews about any hotel but this hotel has spoiled our trip in morocco.
We did travel by ourself and found that this hotel has very good comments on lonelyplanet but since when we got there , we found no one in the reception so no help at all.we had to wait at least 15 mn timm someones appears.The hotel is in a very good situation but there was alot of noise by the music that they played all the night and the food was the worst we had during our trip.In the morning ,do not expect to have breakfast everyone is laying down in the restaurant after the everydays parties they have.i would suggest you to stay in another hotel like kanz erremal where we satyed after and was much more better .I would not recommend riad amazir which has no chrachter of a real riad to anyone.

Room Tip: merzouga is a good place to spend a few days.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We had a very pleasant stay at Auberge Amazir. We felt like staying at a Family house, Larbi & Ali the host were very friendly. We really appreciated that Larbi asked us to share the lunch with them, it was delicious!
We booked 1 night in the desert and it was exactly as Larbi told us, not in the tourist crowd, just simple, and authentic.
We definitely recommend this family Berber place. We will come back!
Karen

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Me and my girlfriend had a wonderful stay and happy days in Auberge Amazir. We were not just satisfied but really really happy with our stay there. The hotel is right at the beginning of the dunes. The room was really beautiful and really clean. The food of our half pension was more then good and the common rooms really relaxing.
The view from the roof terrace was just extraordinary.
Best thing in Amazir was the staff. Everybody was really really friendly and helping us with everything. We felt free do to whatever we wanted. That was the most amazing thing, that they gave us the feeling that we were really, really welcome. Thank you for that!!!
I recommend this hotel very very much!!! Can't do anything wrong with it!
Cheers,
Sebastian and Julia from Germany

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Auberge Amazir

Address: Moh Ait Bahadou BP 9, Merzouga 52202, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Merzouga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Merzouga
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